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    Just Ask and Not Explain

    “Mom and dad,” our son called out. “I need to buy some books for this semester. “How much do the books cost, son?”, I asked. He did not answer my question but went on to explain how expensive foreign language books are. “But how much are they son?”, I interjected. “The problem is that one needs this code to do the homework online, and its just so expensive”, he said. He went on to open a web link to show me this code issue (as if it would change the cost of the books), but will not tell me how much money he needed for the books. “Just tell me how much money you need and will buy the books!” I did not, but almost did, raise my voice (I’m gradually learning that raising my voice does not change anything, except maybe raise my blood pressure!!). He finally told me how much he needed.

    I thought of how, when we pray, we just explain our needs to God, how much we hurt or some one hurt us; how hard life is and not enough money even after working four jobs. We just explain, cry, feel sorry for ourselves and never ask. Yet He knows more than we do, how much money we need to meet our obligations. He knows how much the betrayal hurts, how much the infidelity hurts, how hard life is. He knows about the physical, psychological and emotional pain we experience, and much, much more. He knows EVERYTHING.

    He tells us in Matthew 7:7,8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. John 14:13,14 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask ]anything in My name, I will do it. 1 John 5:14,15 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

    Today, what do you need? Ask in faith, don’t explain, and wait on God.

    Remain blessed, and be thankful